Mini Apple Cheesecakes

I remember mini cheesecakes from when I was little. They were a quick and easy dessert that could be topped with canned pie filling and made to order for a large amount of people with short notice.

Some things never change, and having a quick delicious dessert recipe on hand is always helpful in a pinch. When Lucky Leaf asked me to taste test some of their pie fillings, I knew I wanted to reconstruct my childhood memory into a recipe my readers could whip out when needed.

That’s where things started to go wrong. I wanted quick and easy. So while meandering around the market for supplies, I saw Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling. (Don’t judge. My thinking was that if I were in a pinch and were going to use canned pie fillings, why wouldn’t I also use other delicious shortcuts?) I picked it up, foil (yes, these are important) cupcake liners, and my vanilla wafers and set out to have dessert done in five minutes.

Not so much. The prepackaged cheesecake mix was a ‘spoon and serve’ disaster. It didn’t look right, had a texture somewhere between pudding a mousse and wasn’t making for a pretty or homemade looking dessert. So…. I tried baking it…. Well, my advice is if you are in need of a fat kid moment, keep it at that. Grab a spoon and enjoy the cheesecake mix as is because that’s as good as it’s getting with this one.

Then, I thought about those Jell-O No Bake Cheesecakes. But I was in a particularly cheap mood and the $2.35 just wasn’t jiving with me when I had 8 blocks of cream cheese at home in the fridge. It was on sale, I swear.

So here’s what I ended up with. A semi-homemade, super simple, but not the 5 minute flash kind of dessert that still looks classy when brought to the party.

The apples from the jarred pie filling were good. Win. If you were an apple fan and in a sweets mood, you could eat these right out of the can. The texture of the apples was nice, and not at all ‘mushy’ like I had anticipated. I love how they streamlined this dessert and really dressed up the whole package.

Lucky Leaf is providing two of my readers with copies of their new recipe book packed with ideas and recipes that make use of their pie fillings. There were a lot of creative little desserts in this one that would certainly help me branch out my dessert options (more fruit!). Please leave a comment if you would like to be entered to win and winners will be drawn at random on December 19th 2011 and posted on December 21st.

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  1. Tanya C. says

    I love mini cheesecakes. I just splurged and bought a mini piemaker, I will have to look for the jar filling at the store. Sounds like it would be a step up from the canned variety. Your dessert looks so yummy!

  2. says

    Turning into Sandra Lee with your semi-homemade recipe? Hehe. But seriously, thanks for the heads up on the pre-made filling. I always wondered how that worked (if at all). But it seems like in this case you really cannot beat the real deal. And mini cheesecakes are the best. Although I didn’t have a clue they existed until a few years ago.

  3. says

    I love how the mini desserts looks like. Those are so perfect, and you don’t feel guilty if you one or two…or more…ok, these cheescakes look so yummy that I will feel guilty anyway, as I want to eat all of them.

  4. says

    I’ve been wondering if apples and cheesecake make a good match. This affirms it, they do! Making mini cakes of anything always seems to win me over. These look great 😉

  5. says

    They are adorable, and such a fun childhood treat:-). You sometimes just have to throw healthy out the window, LOL! Beautiful pictures:-) Hugs, Terra

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